It was a cool, wet summer, which was good news for trout streams in our region. The heat and low-water mortality that occurred in 2015 and 2016 did not repeat itself.
Vermont Department of Fisheries staff spent a day this week on the Batten Kill about three miles east of the New York state line doing a trout census, and the results were encouraging.
The area in West Arlington, Vermont, known as Twin Rivers because the Green River merges nearby, was the site of a habitat restoration project about a decade ago.
They electroshocked the area, and found some big fish and some young, wild fish as well. It was nice to hear of a few brookies as well.
(The fish are returned to the river after the shock wears off, none the worse for wear.)
More sampling is to be done later this month.
For more details, and some cool trout pictures, click the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance report here.
I fished this area one day earlier this month, and had some good success as well. The Batten Kill is the coldest of our area trout streams, and weathers heat and low water better than others, and it is good to hear that the habitat work in this region seems to have some positive results.
-- Don Lehman